King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is an international, graduate-level research university. Research at KAUST focuses on areas that are important to the future of Saudi Arabia, the region and the world and takes place in world-class facilities serving students, researchers and faculty in disciplines such as energy and environment, water desalination, industrial biotechnology, and scientific computing. All classes at KAUST are conducted in English. KAUST creates and support the highest standards of scholarship through merit-based opportunities for men and women from around the world.
The University is situated at a unique coastal location on the eastern shore of the Red Sea at Thuwal. KAUST is approximately 80 kilometers north of Jeddah and approximately an hour north of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The KAUST campus and surrounding community incorporates a distinctive blend of traditional regional architecture and modern styles and amenities. The buildings evoke ancient centers of learning within a context of high-tech science and research facilities. The University is located in a secure environment featuring a well-planned and landscaped academic core and research laboratories, along with a seaside community and commercial center with a wide variety of shops and housing, from apartments to single-family homes. There are parks, playgrounds, and schools for families with children; recreation amenities include a golf course, yacht club, and marina. The campus overlooks the sea, and many of the residences have waterfront views.